They typ­i­cal announce­ment cycle for Call of Duty has passed by its usu­al time­frame by sev­er­al months, mark­ing anoth­er strange occur­rence for the year 2020. Activi­sion has been silent about next year’s COD title, despite sev­er­al rumors and a leaked logo.

Today was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s offi­cial reveal and while not every­thing was not shown, you can check out what we do know so far:

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Release Date, Beta and More

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is expect­ed to release on Novem­ber 13th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Of course, this game will be com­ing to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, with those dates being announced at a lat­er time.

All those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have ear­ly access to the game’s open beta when it becomes available. 

It’s Being Developed Treyarch and Raven Software

Tre­yarch have always devel­oped the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, with this being no excep­tion. As it has been for the last decade, Raven Soft­ware will be assist­ing Tre­yarch in the devel­op­ment process. Raven has nev­er led devel­op­ment on a Call of Duty title.

Activi­sion did have Call of Duty on a three-year devel­op­ment cycle, with Infin­i­ty Ward, Sledge­ham­mer and Tre­yarch switch­ing hands every year. This year is break­ing the cycle, since Sledge­ham­mer should have been launch­ing a title in 2020, instead of Treyarch.

The Campaign

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to Black Ops 1, going back to the series’ ear­li­er roots and tak­ing place dur­ing the Cold War. When Sovi­et Rus­sia and and the Unit­ed States were caught in the threat of nuclear war, with covert oper­a­tions being played out by both sides.

You can see the cam­paign trail­er below:

Mason, Woods and Hud­son will be return­ing to the sin­gle-play­er cam­paign, with the sto­ry being set in the 1980’s with some sec­tions jump­ing back to 1968 dur­ing the Viet­nam War. New faces will also be appear­ing in the cam­paign, includ­ing the pro­tag­o­nist you create.

You’ll be able to build and cus­tomize your own char­ac­ter, choos­ing per­son­al­i­ty traits, gen­der (“clas­si­fied” option avail­able that uses gen­der-neu­tral pro­nouns) and appearance.

Like Black Ops 2, this cam­paign fea­tures mul­ti­ple end­ings — based on the actions you take dur­ing the sto­ry. It will be same length as recent entries in the series, although with mul­ti­ple end­ings you’ll have a rea­son to go back through the campaign.

Multiplayer Details

Cold War will, of course, be bring­ing a new iter­a­tion of fran­chis­es’ clas­sic mul­ti­play­er. It was not the main focus dur­ing the reveal event, but Activi­sion did con­firm mul­ti­play­er will offer cross-gen sup­port as well as cross progression. 

There is also anoth­er bat­tle pass sys­tem, with sim­i­lar post-launch sup­port Infin­i­ty Ward gave to Mod­ern War­fare with a stream of free updates like new maps, modes and com­mu­ni­ty events.

No ded­i­cat­ed bat­tle royale mode will be made for Black Ops Cold War. Instead, War­zone will be the fea­tured bat­tle royale for anoth­er year, shar­ing con­tent and pro­gres­sion across both games. More infor­ma­tion on mul­ti­play­er will become avail­able on the next Call of Duty stream on Sep­tem­ber 9th.


Zom­bies was also brushed up on briefly dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion. It was con­firmed to return, but we know noth­ing about what Black Ops Cold War is adding to the clas­sic mode this time around. It’s like­ly Zom­bies will offer cross-gen­er­a­tional and cross-pro­gres­sion support.